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Led Zeppelin Releases Two Previously Unheard Recordings

The Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page clearly likes to be in control. The British rock group, which is reissuing its first three albums on June 3, has just released two previously unheard recordings that Mr. Page, 70, found while going through the band’s archives.

"I don’t want to die and have somebody else do it," he told the BBC on Wednesday.

The two tracks are "Keys to the Highway," recorded in 1970, and an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," a big hit for the band in 1969. The earlier recording is significantly different, without some of the lyrics, chorus and instrumentation of the 1969 song. The tracks will be released officially along with the first three albums on June 3, and excerpts from them will be available before then only on the BBC website.

Mr. Page has remastered each of the albums - Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, to be released by Atlantic/Swan Song - and said on the Led Zeppelin website, that accompanying companion discs will present a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time," he said.

The band, which formed in 1968 and broke up in 1980 after the death of the drummer John Bonham, got back together for a London concert seven years ago. But Robert Plant, the band’s singer, quashed any idea that another reunion is in the offing. The chances, he told the BBC, are "zero."

From: The New York Times
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Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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